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Old 02-06-2019, 12:20 PM   #29
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10 or 20; guess it depends on if you want to go thru Dallas or Houston...both routes have traffic issues to be aware of, unless you take some back roads. Most direct seems thru Dallas; if your looking to go thru Houston/Austin area, then of course 10. The drive thru Austin can also be a challenge with traffic, but think you would enjoy many of the towns like Fredricksburg as mentioned earlier...lots of neat very good restaurants there and Admiral Nimitz museum is an awesome visit. Luckenbach TX close by also, and lots of wineries in the area...Texas has become very much like Napa in terms of wineries all over the place! Big Bend area is nice visit also this time of year but may be a bit out of the way...lots of little trendy towns, like Marfa you should not miss, if you head that way. There is lots of great hiking all along the way; google the places along the route to learn more. One thing you will notice; Texas is BIG...takes a long time to get thru it! And, time your trip so you go thru the big traffic areas including El Paso, middle of the morning...nothing I hate more than heavy traffic with the AS in tow...plan your stays ahead of time; once you leave Fredricksburg and get headed to El Paso, the pickings for staying overnight can get tricky...lots of the listed RV sites in the East/North East are occupied by oil workers...we just returned from round trip to San Diego, and were surprised how many were full. Fill up in AZ before getting into CA...I forgot... and my first tank of diesel in Indio, CA was $4.50/gal! I pay $2.55 here in Austin currently for diesel...regular is $1.94. Good luck and enjoy the BBQ in TX...it's all good and all over the place!
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Old 02-06-2019, 12:37 PM   #30
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I'm having an "I thought I'd seen it all" moment. I never thought anyone would pick IH-10 over IH-20.

I've lived in greater Houston for the better part of 30 years, and I *INVENT* new ways of avoiding IH-10. From Baton Rouge to west of San Antonio, it is my least favorite road in the country. And I routinely drive up the eastern seaboard, so I have seen a lot of roads.

For the first time last summer, we took IH-20 all the way from Tuscaloosa to the point in deep East Texas where the IH-69 freeway connector will eventually be built. As nasty as IH-20 is in some locations, and as horrible as the trek south down the unimproved US-59 is in many places, I very much enjoyed avoiding the Gulf Coast nightmare corridor of IH-10 and IH-12.

But I'm in it for the traverse, not for the sightseeing. I suggest picking your visitation targets first and let the roads fall where they may.
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Old 02-06-2019, 02:19 PM   #31
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When you go through El Paso, take Trans Mountain Hwy over the Franklin Mountains. It will save you from driving through downtown and construction there in. The grades are minimal and what views. We took this route last summer. And you get to see a lot of Fort Bliss. As for CGs on I-10, Caverns of Sonora has a quaint and quiet CG. Balmorhea SP is minimal except for the swimming pool. West El Paso KOA is a big parking lot. We stay there as it's close to my sister.



After the TX-NM state line is Mesilla and Las Cruces. Might be nice spots there. La Posta in Mesilla is one of the best New Mexico style restaurants. Period.



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Old 02-06-2019, 02:39 PM   #32
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Across Texas

Oh, Boo Hoo!


Both I-10 and I-20 end up going thru El Paso, so pick your best route.


I-10 goes thru Houston (never a non-rush hour ) and again thru San Antonio (traffic ). I-10 swings far to the south before coming back up to hit El Paso, so it is a bit longer, depending on where in Georgia you are starting.


I-20 thru Shreveport (seldom has traffic ) and on to Dallas. I-20 misses Dallas to the south, if that is a plus, before heading straight west to El Paso. If you need a break, drop south on I-35E to Hillsboro and stay at the North Texas Airstream Community "terraport" which has 30-some full hook-up spaces and dozens of friendly residents! Easy to head out to the northwest to pick up the "dip" in I-20, or jog back up I-35W to I-20 west-bound.


Or...if you want to explore Dallas, consider our Grapevine (mid-cities) location and use our "hosting" site for a couple of days! Look up Jensen #12194 in the Blue Beret directory, and contact us.


As always, check the weather forecast. It has been 75-plus degrees thus far into February! Although we have had ice storms in March, in years past.
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Old 02-06-2019, 03:25 PM   #33
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Tommyglenn,


Doesn't I-20 terminate west of Pecos?


Does it reappear in California?


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Old 02-06-2019, 03:45 PM   #34
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If you have time for a rather big side trip, you could visit Big Ben National Park. However, I only recommend it if you can stay in the Chisos Basin campground, but they only allow really small trailers and motor homes under '24 ft. due to the road up. For you, they have lower campgrounds as well, but the sunset from Basin always my favorite.

I heartily second this suggestion. I would even go so far as to beg you to make time for this side trip. Having hiked and driven all over Big Bend and having floated all the canyons in the park, as well as the 83 mile stretch of the Rio Grande just downriver from he park (all February trips), I can't say enough about the majesty and beauty of Big Bend. It is truly a national treasure. Go there. You certainly won't regret it; you will never forget it.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:21 PM   #35
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Choose your route a few days ahead of the trip based on the weather. If you expect bad weather, drive around it. Keep your gas tank full. Stay off the Interstates as much as possible.
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:36 PM   #36
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Thinking 20 to Texas looks good for the next week weather wise. We want to see Vicksburg Battlefield and will stay in the Natchez area. If we decide to see Austin, whatís the best route? Head back to 20 from Shreveport? Is road thru Jasper a good one? That seems to cut out Houston. Looking at atlas just gets us so far.

Everyone has been so helpful.... thanks to all. Big Bend is a big draw as Iím a NP junkie....that is if itís open when we are heading by!
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:13 PM   #37
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If you are at Vicksburg. Natchez is out of your way going to Texas. The best place to stay around Natchez is Riverview RV park in Vidalia La. It is a lot of river to look at now.
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If going to Austin, stay on I-20 to Tyler, head for Palestine, get on hwy 79 to Round Rock. This is our preferred route. The construction on I-35 is almost finished in Belton/Temple. If you want downtown, Pecan Grove RV Park is the place. Chuys, down the street, is great Mexican food. Darcy's Donkey is good, too.

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If you are at Vicksburg. Natchez is out of your way going to Texas. The best place to stay around Natchez is Riverview RV park in Vidalia La. It is a lot of river to look at now.


We are booked there. Good to know we picked correctly
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You probably taking 61s out of Vicksburg as soon as you see signs for Natchez Trace Parkway get on it very good drive.
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Thinking 20 to Texas looks good for the next week weather wise. We want to see Vicksburg Battlefield and will stay in the Natchez area. If we decide to see Austin, whatís the best route? Head back to 20 from Shreveport? Is road thru Jasper a good one? That seems to cut out Houston. Looking at atlas just gets us so far.

Everyone has been so helpful.... thanks to all. Big Bend is a big draw as Iím a NP junkie....that is if itís open when we are heading by!
The road through Jasper is good. Don't speed though.
It's a fairly nice drive.

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Old 02-08-2019, 04:28 AM   #42
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Thinking 20 to Texas looks good for the next week weather wise.
. . .
Quite a bit of cold weather in the south predicted for the next week IMO. Also a big difference between the two routes -- I-10 vs. I-20. [These Interstates show up when you zoom in.]

In the following map:
-- Zoom in/out for the area you want to see
-- choose "Minimum Temperature" in the box at top left
-- use slider at top right to fast forward

https://digital.weather.gov/?zoom=5&...t=0&mxmz=false

Good luck,

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PS -- Where are you located right now, and what is your itinerary?
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